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BBC pundit predicts service as normal

BBC pundit Mark Lawrenson predicts an Arsenal 2-1 win this Saturday lunchtime by telling the BBC website: “Normal service will be resumed this weekend in terms of Premier League teams going with their strongest line-ups after resting players last week – not just here, but across the division. In the Premier League, the Hammers’ form has been very up and down in recent weeks, but the same could be said about the Gunners.

I am going for an Arsenal win here, but it is clear that Unai Emery still has a lot of work to do. He has only been in charge for half a season and I think that, when they come up against the top teams, the same problems still remain.

The main issue is at the back. Would I back them defensively? No, absolutely not. Too many of their defenders are not Champions League level, which is the standard they need them to be at. Lawro’s prediction: 1-2″

Claret and Hugh say: The Hammers have been playing the Gunners since January 1906, first in the FA cup and later in 1923 in League One after promotion to the top flight. Arsenal has won 66 of those games since 1906, we have drawn 39 games with 34 wins for the Hammers  in 113 years.  So the statistics are against us as are the high street bookies who make Arsenal the Evens favourites for an away win at the London Stadium, a draw is at odds of almost 3/1 while a West Ham win is 5/2.  That said Manuel Pellegrini has instilled a big team mentality in his squad and we do seem to raise our game for the big teams. We would love to put on over our North London rivals.  COYI 

About Sean Whetstone

I am Season Ticket Holder in West stand lower at the London Stadium and before that, I used to stand in the Sir Trevor Brooking Lower Row R seat 159 in the Boleyn Ground and in the Eighties I stood on the terraces of the old South Bank. I am a presenter on the West Ham Podcast called MooreThanJustaPodcast.co.uk. A Blogger on WestHamTillIdie.com a member of the West Ham Supporters Advisory Board (SAB), Founder of a Youtube channel called Mr West Ham Football at http://www.youtube.com/MrWestHamFootball, I am also the associate editor here at Claret and Hugh. Life Long singer of bubbles! Come on you Irons! Follow me at @Westhamfootball on twitter
 

3 comments on “BBC pundit predicts service as normal

  1. Not sure our performances against top sides have been up to much under Mr P. Hammerings from City & the Scousers. Defeats by Arsenal & Spurs. Victory over a disintegrating Man U & a draw with Chelsea. That’s all about par for the course in recent seasons isn’t it?

  2. Not sure why but I have a very bad feeling of this one, my gut tells me we will not show up and lose by 3-4 goals. Usually not a pessimist and hope they prove me wrong!

  3. Past results and performances have no bearing on Saturday…..or any game at any time.

    West Ham will beat Arsenal this time.

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